Herb latin name: Ferula szowitziana

Family: Umbelliferae

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of Ferula szowitziana:

Dry stony slopes and salty steppes, 800 - 2150 metres in Turkey.

Other uses of the herb:

This plant is a source of the gum "Sagapen resin". It is little used but has the scent of the gum "Galbanum", which is obtained from several other members of this genus. It is obtained from wounds made in the stem. It is a resin and is collected by removing soil from around the top of the root and then cutting a slice off the root. It is used medicinally in plasters.

Propagation of Ferula szowitziana:

Seed - best sown as soon as the seed is ripe in a greenhouse in autumn. Otherwise sow in April in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Plant them out into their permanent positions whilst still small because the plants dislike root disturbance. Give the plants a protective mulch for at least their first winter outdoors. Division in autumn. This may be inadvisable due to the plants dislike of root disturbance.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry stony slopes and salty steppes, 800 - 2150 metres in Turkey.

Medicinal use of Ferula szowitziana:

None known

Known hazards of Ferula szowitziana:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.